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(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series, affords our readers the opportunity to join Professor George Carey as he examines the place of traditional conservatism in our present day by pondering what can be accomplished via the political...

One difference between postmodern conservatives and other contributors to First Thoughts has to do with being influenced by Leo Strauss. Each pomoncon can speak for himself (or herself). But I would say that we all regard that influence...
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Americans are guaranteed happiness, right? It’s in the Declaration of Independence, right? Well, not quite. We’re guaranteed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Given that we all would like to be happy, and happiness...
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Pine by Albrecht Durer (Today's offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Dr. Eva Brann as she examines imagination, conservatism, time and eternity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) I...
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Editor's Note:  The Imaginative Conservative was born on July 10, 2010, when we published our first essay, featuring a quotation by the great Russell Kirk. Since that day, we have published more than 3,400 additional...
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What Matthew Arnold called “an epoch of concentration” seems to be impending over the English-speaking world. The revolutionary impulses and the social enthusiasms which have dominated this era since their great explosion in Russia are now confronted...
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How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 pp. The British philosopher Roger Scruton has emerged as...
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There is a story, which if not true should be, that a student once regaled Russell Kirk with a listing of the different kinds of conservatism—libertarian, neo, paleo, and so on—then asked “which kind are you?”...
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A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something. —Whittaker Chambers, Witness In recent years, conservatives have fallen into a thoroughly oppositional mind-set in...
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T.S. Eliot One hundred years ago, Thomas Steams Eliot was born into an intelligently conservative family in St. Louis. His grandfather, a Unitarian minister and a man of mark, founded the Church of the Messiah and...
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Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America, Paul Gottfried, Cambridge University Press (2011) When writing about the work of an academic historian or philosopher—as opposed...
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Thanks so much to Carl for his able account—complete with astutely copious quoting—of Yuval Levin's essay in Modern Age.* Modern Age, of course, was founded by Russell Kirk and has remained infused with “traditionalist” conservatism, which is often contrasted...
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H Krzeczkowski Author's Note: This essay--translated from the original Polish--is an excellent summary of Henryk Krzeczkowski’s definition of conservatism. Exoterically, it is a rumination about two conservative Men of Letters, Evelyn Waugh and...
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I was recently speaking with a friend of mine, a fellow member of the European Parliament. He and I are about the same age, came into politics at the same time, and have daughters of the same age....